Estonian police officer charged with espionage to remain in Russian detention
MOSCOW, October 31 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court on Friday extended for two months the detention of an Estonian citizen and officer of the Estonian security agency, KAPO, Eston Kohver, the court’s press office told RAPSI.
Kohver will remain in detention until January 5.
The court hearing was held behind closed doors because the case materials are confidential.
According to the Russian Federal Security Service’s (FSB) press office, Kohver was detained on September 5 in the Pskov Region, which borders Estonia, Latvia and Belarus. He allegedly had a Taurus handgun, ammunition, 5,000 euros and special equipment to carry out covert recording.
The FSB announced the disruption of an agent-recruitment operation by the Estonian Interior Ministry’s security police. On September 6, the Lefortovsky District Court in Moscow issued a two-month arrest warrant for Kohver.
Tallinn claims that Kohver was investigating cross-border crime when he was abducted at gunpoint from Estonian territory, near the Luhamaa checkpoint on the border with the Pskov Region, by Russians who detonated a smoke grenade and jammed radio communications.
Kohver is charged with espionage that is punishable by ten to twenty years in prison.